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How do i achieve 3D object rotation in flash....?

Last Modified: 2013-11-11

I am very interested in some of the flash movies i have seen using 3D object rotation...mostly in company's product page...where you zoom in to the page, and can rotate the product (bag/cellphone, etc) in 3D to view every corner of it, but sometimes also real 3d objects, such as a....rotating? the letter 'A' in the Z axis?

Not knowing where to begin to achieve this effect, i have some questions :

1. Is this one of those effects most people try to create - or just buy a plugin/component for?
2. If i were to create it from scratch, where do i begin? a lot of pictures from every side of an object, or an actual movie FLV clip?
3. If a lot of pictures are being used, how / what is the logic behind the smooth transition as opposed to having it look like a slide show? its as if the player knows every pixel of the object...which doesnt seem likely.
4. In terms of rotating an actual 3D graphic or say, a movieClip of the letter 'A' in the Z axis...is this just a function of tween that i didnt know anything about?

I guess before even trying to figure out the actionscript involved, i really want to know how it works. a Pseudocode, if you will.
Can anyone help?
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